Accessible rinks

Find out more about the adaptive skating equipment that you can use at many skating rinks.

Ice sleds offer a seated option for skaters who cannot use their legs or who have balance issues too difficult for conventional skating. If you can use your upper body evenly, you can push yourself across the ice using use two short hockey sticks with a figure skating pick on the end. A stroller bar handle can be inserted into the back of the ice sled to push you if you can’t push or steer. The sleds have anti-tippers to prevent you from tipping over backwards, and adjustable leg trays that adjust for your height.

There is no fee to use an ice sled at any rink. Public skating is free at DCR-operated rinks, but privately-operated rinks may charge a fee, so be sure to check with the rink. There is also a fee for conventional skate rentals, if they are offered at the rink. 

We recommend you use these sleds during uncrowded skating times. You can see the skating schedule for each rink by clicking on the rink name in the table below. Please be sure to contact the rink in advance find out about the best times to skate.

A young woman is sitting in an ice sled, holding two short hockey sticks with picks on the end. The sled is strapped across her legs. Her legs end at the knee.
You can push yourself across the ice in a sled using small hockey sticks with picks on the end of them.

Sizes and styles of sleds vary by rink. Adult sleds have a typical weight limit of 190 pounds and may not fit larger skaters. Youth sleds have a typical weight limit of 100 pounds. There is no charge for ice sled use, but other rental fees may apply, so check with the rink.

You should be able to transfer into and out of the sleds on your own and skate independently, or bring a companion who can help.

A young child wearing a helmet is sitting in a small ice sled, holding short hockey sticks with ice pics on the ends. Another child wearing skates is standing behind the sled, pushing the curved handle on the back.
You can get a push in an ice sled with handles. Be sure to bring your own helmet if you need one!

 

Boston region

Town

Rink

Equipment

Cambridge

Simoni Memorial Rink

1 adult sled, 2 youth sleds, 2 handles

Charlestown

DCR Emmons Horrigan O’Neill Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle

East Boston

Porrazzo Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 3 walkers

Hyde Park

DCR Bajko Memorial Rink

1 adult sled, 1 youth sled, 1 handle

Jamaica Plain

DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink

1 youth sled

Medford

Flynn Memorial Rink

1 adult sled, 1 handle

Newton

Daly Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 2 handles, 1 walker

North End

DCR Steriti Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle, 1 youth walker

Revere

Cronin Memorial Rink

3 adult sleds, 3 handles, 1 walker

Somerville

Allied Veterans Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle

South Boston

DCR Murphy Memorial Rink

1 youth sled, 1 handle

West Roxbury

Jim Roche Community Ice Arena

4 adult sleds, 4 handles

Weymouth

DCR Connell Memorial Rink

1 adult sled, 1 handle

North region

Town

Rink

Equipment

Newburyport

Henry Graf, Jr. Rink

1 adult sled, 1 handle

South region

Town

Rink

Equipment

Brockton

John G. Asiaf Memorial Rink

8 adult sleds, 1 youth sled, 7 handles, several walkers

Taunton

Theodore Aleixo Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle

Franklin

Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli Veterans Memorial Skating Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle

Plymouth

John A. Armstrong Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds 1 handle

Fall River

Arthur R. Driscoll Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 2 handles

Central region

Town

Rink

Equipment

Auburn

Daniel S. Horgan Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 1 handle

Worcester

Charles J. Buffone Rink

3 adult sleds, 3 handles, 1 walker

West region

Town

Rink

Equipment

Greenfield

Collins-Moylan Memorial Rink

6 adult sleds, 5 handles

Holyoke

Henry J. Fitzpatrick Rink

6 adult sleds, 5 handles, several walkers

Springfield

Ray Smead Memorial Rink

4 adult sleds, 2 handles

North Adams

Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink

2 adult sleds, 2 handles

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